Stay alert, control the virus, save lives
Statement from Essex Resilience Forum
Residents and businesses across Essex, Southend and Thurrock are facing an unprecedented challenge from Covid-19 (coronavirus) and the impact it is having on our lives, work and families.
Essex Resilience Forum recognises that these are extremely difficult times for everyone, and is committed to ensuring that people across Greater Essex are kept informed, reassured and supported.
Through the Essex Resilience Forum, we were prepared and rehearsed for a pandemic, and this type of contingency planning is normal for us. We do it every month of every year for issues such as bad weather, major disasters on our transport network or pandemic health crises.
Our partners have tried and tested plans in place to respond collectively to health pandemics, and all agencies are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS to support the measures being introduced to manage this evolving situation.
A multi-agency Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG) is meeting daily and coordinating the plans and response for Essex. This means we have a joined up, coordinated approach, keeping everyone across Essex as safe as we can.
All the efforts of our partners are focussed on supporting our communities through the challenges that they now face, and one of our key priorities is to ensure vulnerable people and those most affected by COVID-19 get the help they need.
We urge all our residents and businesses across Essex to follow Government advice and seek information from trusted sources.
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If you have a new continuous cough or a high temperature you should stay at home for seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person had symptoms.
All residents are encouraged to follow national government advice which includes taking basic hygiene precautions, such as washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, to reduce the chances of spreading any virus.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
stay at home as much as possible
work from home if you can
limit contact with other people
keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Look after your health and wellbeing
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
•stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
•try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
•do light exercise at home, or outside
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. However, older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms.
The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
•a high temperature
•shortness of breath
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do if:
•you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
•your condition gets worse
•your symptoms do not get better after seven days
•Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
Updates on local services
Visit your local authority website for guidance and updates about changes to local services:
Essex County Council, Southend or Thurrock Council websites.